France will be joining a list of countries that are offering a third vaccine dose to people in an attempt to fight off new variants.
From September, it plans to offer a third dose to its elderly population as well as vulnerable people.
In relation to the booster shot, President Emmanuel Macron stated, “Yes, we will probably need a third dose, not for everyone straight away but at any rate for the elderly and the most vulnerable,”.
Plans were revealed last month for booster shots to be made available to those who were first to get the vaccine, predominantly people over the age of 80 and those with serious health conditions.
The World Health Organisation (WHO) called for a halt on all third vaccine doses until September to help reduce the inequity in relation to dose distribution between rich and poor nations.
WHO Director-General Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus stated, “We need an urgent reversal, from the majority of vaccines going to high-income countries, to the majority going to low-income countries,”.
Booster shots are already being administered to those over the age of 60 in Israel, while Germany will be offering the extra dose in September.
An exact list of those who will be eligible for a third dose of the Covid-19 vaccine will be decided next week.